The first few words of verse 1 are crucial as well as not just a bit controversial. The crucial part is that the words of Revelation are characterized as more than divinely inspired; they are divinely given. Let me explain what I mean. Since Christians tend to be primarily focused on the New Testament, then
Kol Nidre, the haunting melody that begins the Holy of Holies of Jewish time. What is it about Kol Nidre that speaks so powerfully to the Jewish soul? It isn’t the words themselves, dry, prosaic, not poetry, not even a prayer. They’re actually a legal formula for the annulment of vows. So how did they
Is religion a childish thing? A very interesting question, but may I ask, why are you asking it? Because I’m religious …. Ja, go on, go on. … and I am an adult. Please, go on. And so, I wouldn’t want to compromise my adultness, my maturity, by being childish. I see. So you don’t
It’s said that Eskimos have fifty different words for snow. I’m not sure about that, but this I know that Hebrew has many, many words for praise. Lehodot, lehallel, leshabeach, lefa’er, leromem, lehader, levarech, le’aleh, ulekales, and others. Because just as Eskimos live in the midst of snow, so to be a Jew is to
Theologists, scientists and thought leaders have attempted for centuries to understand the impact that religion can have on human beings – both mentally and physically. And it is commonly accepted around that world, that religion and spirituality are among the most important of cultural factors. Giving structure and meaning to our behaviors, our value systems,
Text is really at the core of what it means to be, certainly a religious Jew, and it has defined how Judaism has grown and developed over the centuries. You can be a Jew today and not engage at all with the life of Jewish texts, but it has formed what Judaism looks like today.